Published: August 13, 2018 10:09:39 am
Somnath Chatterjee, the former speaker of the Lok Sabha, passed away at 89 on Monday. Reacting to the news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable.
“Former MP and Speaker Shri Somnath Chatterjee was a stalwart of Indian politics. He made our Parliamentary democracy richer and was a strong voice for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable. Anguished by his demise. My thoughts are with his family and supporters,” PM Modi Tweeted.
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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, also took to Twitter to express his condolences and said, “Saddened by the demise of former Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Somnath Chatterjee. He was an outstanding Parliamentarian, who was elected to Lok Sabha 10 times. He was always affable and highlighted people’s problems. He firmly stood by the principles he believed in.”
Politicians across party lines reacted to the development and expressed their condolences to the grieving family. External Affairs Minister tweeted, “I am sorry to know about the sad demise of Shri Somnath Chatterjee. In spite of our ideological differences, we cherished a very cordial relationship. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.”
Somnath Chatterjee underwent treatment for 40 days and was discharged just for three days after his health showed signs of improvement. However, he was re-admitted after his condition deteriorated last Tuesday. Chatterjee was the Speaker in the first five-year term (2004-2009) of the United Progressive Alliance government and was elected to Parliament’s Lower House for ten times since 1971.
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